Jordan says it has carried out 56 air strikes in three days on Islamic State logistics sites and hideouts. Jordan intensified its strikes after captured pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh was shown being burned alive by IS. Jordan has carried out nearly 20% of all sorties by the US-led coalition against IS in Syria so far, Gen Jbour said, adding: “We are determined to wipe them from the face of the Earth.” IS seized control of large areas of Iraq and Syria last year, prompting hundreds of raids by coalition war planes. The focus of Jordan’s air strikes is reported to be Raqqa, the IS stronghold in Syria, but no specifics were given. Gen Jbour said the strikes had degraded nearly 20% of the militants’ capabilities.
IS militants said that one of the strikes killed US aid worker Kayla Mueller, although the claim could not be verified. A video of Lt Kasasbeh, 26, being burned alive in a cage, was posted online by IS earlier this week. He was captured by the militants in December after his F-16 fighter jet crashed in Syria. The video is believed to have been filmed on 3 January. Jordan had offered to swap Sajida al-Rishawi, a failed female suicide bomber, for the captured pilot. Jordan executed Rishawi and another convicted al-Qaeda operative on Wednesday.
I can just imagine what it feels like to watch someone on recording, being killed and not being able to do anything about it. It’s a cruel tactic that is used in times of war and rebellion and that is something that has always made me cringe. I will never understand how people are able to watch those videos or torture someone to the point of death. It’s actually quite sad and the last hours of someone’s life is caught on camera and shown all over the world. It’s really a tactic that should not be used during war but is constantly. The use of hostages itself never sat right with me as well either, one thing I always wondered was if after a war is either won or lost, do they kill hostages? Or set them free?
The dates and news of the following days:
24 December 2014: Jordanian Lt Moaz Youssef al-Kasasbeh captured by IS after his plane crashes
25 December 2014: Pilot’s father urges IS to show mercy
20 January 2015: IS threatens to kill two Japanese hostages unless Japan pays $200m ransom within 72 hours
24 January: IS releases video of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto holding a picture apparently showing Haruna Yukawa’s decapitated body
24 January: IS calls for release of Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi militant sentenced to death in Jordan
28 January: Jordan offers to release Rishawi in exchange for Lt Kasasbeh
29 January: Deadline to kill Lt Kasasbeh and Mr Goto expires
31 January: Video released appearing to show Kenji Goto’s body
3 February: Video released appearing to show Lt Kasasbeh burnt alive, with Jordanian media suggesting he was killed weeks earlier.